Scottdale cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexScottdaleGeorgiaNational
Cost of living index9994100
IndexScottdaleGeorgiaNational
Goods & Services index10299100
Groceries index10499100
Health care index10899100
Housing index9287100
Transportation index10293100
Utilities index10495100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Scottdale, GA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Scottdale, GA being 99, that puts it 5% higher than the average of Georgia and 1% lower than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Scottdale, GA, the price of goods and services are 3% higher than the average of Georgia as well as 2% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Scottdale is 5% higher than the Georgia average.
  • The cost of living in Scottdale is 1% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Scottdale is 8% lower than the national average.
  • Georgia general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
  • Georgia state income tax is 55% lower than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$62,629$5,219$1,461$1,879
Renters$26,420$2,202$616$793
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Scottdale, GA as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Scottdale, GA homeowners, is $62,629. This would allow for a maximum of $1,461 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $26,420 which would result in a maximum of $616 to be spent on rental costs.

Georgia Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Georgia4%8%

Georgia Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Georgia1%6%
The Georgia sales tax and Georgia income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Scottdale, GA. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Georgia sales tax is 4% and the maximum surtax is 8%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Georgia income tax rates range from 1% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemScottdaleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.87$15.5614.8%
Beauty Salon $48.13$36.1133.3%
Toothpaste $2.65$2.477.2%
Shampoo $1.07$0.9610.9%
Movie $13.23$10.1330.6%
Bowling $4.92$4.744.0%

Groceries

ItemScottdaleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.30$3.988.0%
Fried Chicken $1.35$1.414.3%
Milk $1.99$2.063.6%
Potatoes $2.86$2.984.2%
Pizza $8.66$9.478.6%
Beer $9.27$8.795.5%

Health Care

ItemScottdaleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $92.82$101.048.1%
Doctor $101.25$107.445.8%
Dentist $112.95$90.4224.9%
Ibuprofen $9.25$9.280.3%
Lipitor $433.06$426.501.5%

Housing

ItemScottdaleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $153,500.00$175,700.0012.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $928.50$1,133.2318.1%
Apartment Rent $938.00$920.002.0%

Transportation

ItemScottdaleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.08$1.994.2%
Tire Balancing $44.13$45.763.6%

Utilities

ItemScottdaleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$140.88$163.8114.0%
Phone $36.33$28.3928.0%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Lakeview Estates, GA2,42782-18%
Forest Park, GA18,78387-13%
Conley, GA5,67987-13%
Lithonia, GA1,97588-12%
Panthersville, GA9,47490-10%
Scottdale, GA9,84799-1%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Kendallville, IN9,84782-18%
Minneola, FL9,84993-7%
North Kensington, MD9,85013535%
Fairview, CA9,85215151%
Marysville, MI9,84294-6%
Scottdale, GA9,84799-1%
Source: The Scottdale, GA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.